WILLIAMSBURG — University of the Cumberlands (UC) conferred 649 degrees for the 2014 graduation. Of those, there were 242 baccalaureate degrees, 148 master’s degrees, one education specialist and 14 doctorate degrees. Rufus M. Friday, president and publisher of the Lexington Herald Leader, gave the commencement speech.
Local students who graduated from UC included:
Lisa Akers, of Middlesboro, Master of Education degree as a reading and writing specialist. She is the daughter of Jenny and Foley Epley and the wife of Mike Akers.
Gary Dodson, of Harrogate, Tenn., Master of Arts in Christian studies. He is the husband of Lisa Dodson.
Christopher J. Gilbert, of Harrogate, doctorate degree in educational leadership. He is the husband of Jamie Gilbert.
Kasi Gooch, of Harrogate, Tenn., Master of Arts in teaching degree in middle grades mathematics and science.
Evan Robinson, of Middlesboro, Master of Arts in education degree in teacher leadership. He is the son of Keely Shattuck.
The university had 23 cum laude recipients, 11 magna cum laude recipients and 12 summa cum laude recipients.
During the 2013-14 academic year, the university has conferred a total of 1,298 degrees making it the most successful year in Cumberlands’ illustrious history.
All UC undergraduate students are required to complete a minimum of 40 hours of community service before graduation, and those who choose to complete a minimum of 200 service hours are named Hutton Scholars at Commencement. The class of 2014 contributed a total of 34,483 hours of service to the Williamsburg community. At minimum wage, this contributed $250,001 in service to the community. Seventy graduating seniors were designated Hutton Scholars.